Admission to the MSN program is contingent upon admission to the WSU Graduate School and the availability of College of Nursing resources. MSN program applicants must also meet the following criteria for admission:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate nursing degree from a National League for Nursing (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above. A transcript/credential evaluation is required for all international transcripts.
  2. Professional competence as documented by three references.
  3. Current Michigan Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. Out-of-state or international students must submit current RN license with application, and after admission must submit Michigan licensure within two semesters. All applicants educated outside of the U.S. must be certified by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to obtain Michigan licensure.
  4. A personal statement of goals for graduate study.
  5. If the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required, the minimum total score required is 101 (minimum 25 Listening, 25 Reading, 25 Writing and 26 Speaking). Or, students can submit IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, with a required minimum overall score greater than 7 (minimum of 8 in speaking, minimum of 7 in writing, and greater than 7 in reading and listening). 
  6. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSN program.
  7. For information on cost of the program, please refer to the WSU tuition and fees schedule.

Each of the clinical specialties may have additional requirements.


Semester Deadline for completed application
Fall Extended to July 1
Winter November 1

Application information

  • Apply online to the Wayne State University Graduate School.